Jim McGrath, spokesman for President George H. W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush, released a statement announcing the former First Lady has passed away at the age of 92:

The news of the former First Lady’s passing comes after an announcement on Sunday afternoon that Bush’s health was failing and she’d no longer seek treatment but was remaining in good spirits:

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

Mrs. Bush became the second woman in American history to be both the wife and mother of United States presidents — Abigail Adams was the one and only prior to George W. Bush’s election. Which, despite that being a good thing, has made her something of an enduring image in American politics in the decades before and since the millennium.

Mrs. Bush was admired and respected by people from all over the political spectrum, and she will be missed. May she rest in peace.

UPDATE: Former president George W. Bush has released a statement on the passing of his mother.

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